Government Minster Alfred Ngaro sorry for 'poorly judged' homelessness comments

An apology has been made by Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro to hundreds of community housing providers.

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Last month, Mr Ngaro told a National Party conference community groups who spoke out about housing and homelessness should be careful if they want to keep their funding.

He then apologised to the Prime Minister.

But today, he made the opening speech at the Community Housing Aotearoa conference and apologised to the groups there.

"Today I apologise. My comments were wrong, poorly judged and poorly made".

Mr Ngaro says partnership is needed between the government and community groups in the housing sector.

About 150 people involved in the housing sector are at the conference.

Alfred Ngaro at the Community Housing Aotearoa conference. Source: 1 NEWS

Five fire crews battle blaze at Palmerston North house

A house is engulfed in flames in Palmerston North. 

A Fire Service spokesperson told 1 NEWS five crews were at the scene on Ihle Street after receiving multiple calls about the blaze from members of the public around 9.45am.

The spokesperson also said there was nobody trapped.

The crews are still on the scene and fire safety and police have been called.

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South Auckland rugby coach accused of over 50 sex charges facing fresh allegations

A South Auckland rugby coach accused of multiple sex charges against students could face more charges.

Alosio Taimo already faces over 50 charges involving teenage boys.

Justice Simon Moore said in the Auckland High Court that investigations were continuing into fresh allegations against the school volunteer.

Taimo was remanded on bail until August.

Alosio Taimo
Alosio Taimo Source: 1 NEWS